Day 7: Osaka in the Morning

I awoke after my first night in Osaka with a fresh set of eyes and a roar of excitement. My hotel was in the heart of Osaka, and I wanted to race out into the day, but first I had to face the continual challenge of my trip, breakfast.

The  breakfast  in the states varies by location, but for me it was always a bowl of cereal or a piece of fruit. I’d grown tired to scarfing down rice balls for breakfast, and so I was pleasantly surprised to find the hotel offered breakfast.

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Japanese breakfast is really interesting. Rice is a big part of it, but then there was fruit, eggs, salmon, and salad. It was quite delicious and without further ado I headed into the streets of Osaka.
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The hustle and bustle were everywhere, but it seemed more personal, more real as if the people I was watching were more than just their job. It was a stark difference between the mornings in Tokyo and the ones in Osaka.  IMG_1277 IMG_1278This wall of vending machines was one of the many I spotted. I really wish stuff like this would catch on in the US. So many cool little bits and bobs!

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Like these underpants for your phone. IMG_1280

or whatever this is…do I want to know? IMG_1281 IMG_1282 IMG_1283 IMG_1284 IMG_1285

As my journey wound on I found myself wandering Den Den Town, which is Kyoto’s local electronic and geek district.
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Yes, those are all body pillows, and yes the are used by fans to cuddle up to their anime crush. IMG_1298

Osaka tower! I don’t know why every major city in Japan has some sort of tower, but I am guessing it was a fad at one point. IMG_1300

uh….wait?IMG_1301 IMG_1303 IMG_1304 IMG_1305I’ll end with something I spotted as I headed out of downtown Osaka in the redlight district, (though at the time I didn’t know it was the red light district.).

IMG_1263Quite a few of the manhole covers in Osaka were painted! They are  a beautiful little example of how even the urbanest areas can add culture to themselves. More tomorrow dear readers!

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